News

Rio to treat sewage problem FULL STORY HERE

Rio state officials are reported to have signed off on a new sewerage project aimed at stemming the flow of untreated sewage into the city's Gloria Marina, where the 2016 Olympic sailing events are to be held. Work is to start within the week on building a new network of subterranean pipes in Rio's Flamengo neighborhood, which will take area rainwater to a sewage treatment plant in the Ipanema Beach neighbourhood.
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2 September 2014 22:15 GMT
Dinghy

Bosham Classic Boat Revival - This weekend FULL STORY HERE

You might have missed the cheap entry threshhold but you can still join the 2014 Bosham Classic Boat Revival taking place this weekend, 6 and 7 September in Chichester Harbour. In only its fourth year the Bosham SC annual Classic Boat Revival has become a firm favourite with its mixture of a competitive environment for classic racing dinghies that may not be in the first flush of youth, combined with some great parties – just like the good old days!

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2 September 2014 21:29 GMT
Offshore

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Robertissima is boat of the day FULL STORY HERE

The Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship fleet engaged in two 8 nm windward/leeward races designed to test short-course racing prowess. Robertissima III proved boat of the day securing a 2,1 scoreline that moved her into second overall 4.5 points behind Alegre, which finished 1, 3. Ràn 5 lies in third, a mere half-point back. While the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship fleet battle out another two windward/leewards Wednesday, the rest of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup classes will take on a coastal course.

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2 September 2014 17:46 GMT
News

It's worth repeating - Weymouth is back FULL STORY HERE

Good news is worth repeating . . . So the RYA has confirmed that the WPNSA will host round 4 of the ISAF Sailing World Cup between 8-19 June 2015, with the racing conducted over five days. The Weymouth Sail for Gold event has struggled to attract competitors after being dropped from the ISAF Sailing World Cup series. Returning to the ISAF fold should lift the entry numbers, but will it draw those Olympic crowds?

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2 September 2014 13:55 GMT
Offshore

Alex Thomson Racing to build new HUGO BOSS FULL STORY HERE

Alex Thomson Racing is to build a new HUGO BOSS IMOCA 60 to be launched in summer 2015, with the aim of winning the 2016 Vendee Globe. The Team aims to put Thomson on the start line of the Vendee Globe with a boat that is good enough to win. The Alex Thomson Racing Team have been sponsored by HUGO BOSS since 2003 and have secured continued sponsorship until 2018. Whilst the IMOCA class have made a number of rule changes to increase the reliability and reduce the costs of the class, the investment is still upwards of €3 million.


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2 September 2014 11:51 GMT
Olympic

Blow to GBR World medal hopes FULL STORY HERE

Sophie Weguelin, the British Sailing Team’s world number five-ranked 470 sailor, has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming ISAF Sailing World Championships in Santander.

The Lymington sailor, who competes in the 470 Women’s event with Eilidh McIntyre, was diagnosed with a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) following the flight home from the Aquece Rio International Regatta last month, and has been undergoing treatment to resolve the DVT and minimise any further risk.


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2 September 2014 10:20 GMT
Offshore

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Ranger leads the J-Class FULL STORY HERE

Lionheart, Rainbow, Ranger, Shamrock V and Velsheda are the five J-Class boats on show in Porto Cervo for the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. The former three are replicas of original designs; the latter two restorations. Velsheda is the defending J-Class champion, however today it was three-time Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup winner Ranger who claimed the first race win. Defeating Rainbow by only five seconds on corrected time further demonstrates the close nature of the competition.

J Class - RangerClick image for a larger image

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1 September 2014 20:59 GMT
Olympic

2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships - The real deal? FULL STORY HERE

The 2014 ISAF Olympic World Championships will be held in Santander, Spain starting 8 September. The combined worlds are held every four years and bring together all Olympic classes in a single competition. Santander 2014 will be the qualifier for Rio 2016. The British Sailing Team have qualified a minimum of four entries per event in what will be a preview of Rio 2016 - and a lot more competitive. It will be interesting to see if this is appreciated by British television and newspaper media and what level of coverage they give to it. Perhaps Ben Ainslie could make a well publicized "surprise" visit . . .

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1 September 2014 10:40 GMT
Dinghy

4000 Nationals touched with Rooster "magic dust" FULL STORY HERE

The 4000, formally known as the Laser 4000, became the latest dinghy class to benefit from Rooster "magic dust" - a new square top mainsail design and the involvement of Steve Cockerill as the new licence holder for the boat, reflected in the largest Nationals turn-out for a few years. Jason Kirk and Scott Dawson of Chichester YC won the 2014 Nationals, held at Babbacombe Corinthian SC, with a mixture of old and new style sails. Second were Steve and Sarah Cockerill and third Calum Terry and Tom Evill.

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1 September 2014 7:15 GMT